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Easter tree

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Easter tree

I have never made an Easter tree before. In fact I didn’t know about them until I saw one at Carol’s house. She had made it for her grandchildren to enjoy. And she loved it too. A few weeks ago I chatted to Nicky who tends Anne Mary’s garden. “I always make an Easter tree. I used to pretend that it was for the children but now they’ve grown up I’ve realised that it was always for me.” Nicky added that if you leave the twigs in water they will eventually develop roots and you can plant these to make new...

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Guest spot : Easter Simnel cake recipe from The Mildred Mittens Manufactory

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Guest spot : Easter Simnel cake recipe from The Mildred Mittens Manufactory

As well as providing a deluxe B&B service for hedgehogs Mildred is a talented, adventurous and generous cook. She shares her recipes. When I decided to bake a Simnel cake this year, I knew exactly who to turn to. This is an excellent cake and well worth making. Danny didn’t grow up with a tradition of Easter Simnel cakes, although they are baked in some regions of Ireland. So I’d imagine that it’s mainly in the north. He rushed to his computer in the Rat Room to read the article on Mildred’s village website,...

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